Community of Caring


A place to be fed if you are hungry and helped if you are homeless or hurt

What do you do when you lose your job, have a catastrophic illness, and are suddenly no longer able to be self-sufficient?

Homelessness is a complicated issue. There is no one-size-fits-all solution that works for everyone. That is why Community of Caring assesses each resident’s need, then develops a comprehensive approach to address their root cause of homelessness. The objective of Community of Caring is to serve homeless and vulnerable men and women in Erie County and help provide them with the tools and services they need to get back on their journey to self-sufficiency.

Community of Caring is an Erie-based 501c3 nonprofit agency that provides for individuals experiencing homelessness. Community of Caring is an established, grassroots non-profit organization committed to providing hope and assistance to those in our community who need it the most.

Most of our resources go into providing emergency shelter for homeless persons and helping them become established in long-term affordable housing. Community of Caring also has a food pantry, serves hot meals daily for the community at our shelter, and offers resource coordination to connect our residents with support services. We connect residents with the homeless case management team and support services. We also make referrals to mental health treatment, health care, and housing contacts.

Bunk Room

Community of Caring provides many services to those in need:

  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Emergency Services
  • Referral Services for:
    • Mental Health Counseling
    • Drug and Alcohol Counseling
    • Veteran Services
    • Job Search Assistance
    • Connection to other mainstream resources


Community of Caring provides emergency shelter to homeless single adults. We offer a safe place where homeless adults can get shelter and a fresh start with compassion and respect.

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Hot Meals

Three hot meals a day are served to shelter residents. We will also serve breakfast and lunch seven days a week and dinner on Saturdays to anyone in need in the Erie Community.

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Food Pantry

The Community of Caring Food Pantry distributes food three times a week. To receive services, people must meet income guidelines and live within our service area.

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Dayenu House

Dayenu House

Location 261 East 21 Street

Dayenu House (Dye-yay-noo) is a Hebrew word meaning “enough.” It’s an expression of gratitude. It’s a way of appreciating all that God has done for us. This community center on the corner of 21st and German streets is located near the geographical center of the city of Erie. It serves as a location for meals, activities, and events. It is available for rentals.

New Hope Ministries holds Church services there each Sunday at 10:30 AM. All are welcome.

If you are experiencing a housing emergency,
call 814-SHELTER or visit the Community of Caring.

You will be connected to a trained specialist to help you find temporary safe housing.